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    How will my laptop handle?

    I have a semi old laptop. It has a AMD Sempron 2800+ processor that runs at 1600 megahertz, or 1.6 gigahertz and it has 512 MB of ram. For VGA it has a ATI Radeon Xpress 200M. I want to make it a linux laptop. How would it handle the latest release of GNOME and Compiz-Fusion with all the cool plug in effects?

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    I don't have personal experience, but my suspicion is it should be okay. But whatever you install, I think you'd benefit from more ram. There are deals to be had now, new and used, even for the older DDR. And I think all of the distros will let you turn off the Compiz-Fusion. Since you're likely sharing ram for video, you could try it and re-enable after increasing ram.

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    Man, I don't know what to do....It would cost $200.00 to upgrade my laptop with a new battery, ram, wifi card, and ac cord. Or nice gateway that i want goes for $800.00. Do you think I should buy a new laptop or fix up my old one? So far, I will be using my laptop for mainly fancy cool Linux apps and web surfing.

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    Use craigslist for the ram. You can find deals on 512Mb sodimms, if you're patient and keep looking until the bargains come along.

    Mini-PCI wireless cards are cheap. Intel G cards are in the $35Cdn range.

    Batteries are expensive, so for older laptops I just plug in.

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145506

    Not the cheapest, but not too deadly. Good quality of RAM too.

    Or if you want 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145562

    For a wireless card..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=1330%3A10001

    That list seems to have pretty okay cards, wireless on USB never has been the worlds most stable thing.
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    This is what you need for wireless:

    A mini-PCI wireless card.


    Every notebook made in the last 5 years, or more, that I've seen has a slot on the bottom for one. USB or PCMCIA wireless adapters should only be used for ancient machines.

    After half a dozen pages at Newegg I gave up and linked to NCIX.

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